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Mitchell's city attorney credits his experience for surviving plane crash

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Photo courtesy of the Fillmore County Journal. Photo courtesy of the Fillmore County Journal.
Mitchell's city attorney was returning from Wisconsin with his new airplane when he encountered every pilot's nightmare, a loss of power and an emergency landing.

Carl Koch survived the ordeal.

KSFY News talked with him about the experience and to find out how he's doing after the accident.

Koch said he's an experienced pilot and that he's doing great.  He said he looks worse than he feels and calls the injuries only skin deep, but Koch has a story to tell. 

The first flight he made with his new plane to bring it home to Mitchell from Wisconsin, it crashed during an emergency landing.

"I knew exactly what was going on, and what was going to happen and what I wanted at that point to happen.  It doesn't take any time to think about if you've had experience as a flier.  You know. You know immediately what's going on and what you need to do," Koch said.

Which is bring it down safely and responsibly.

"There's two things I've got to do. I need to contact the sheriff and the sheriff needs to contact the FAA
," Koch said.

So will he fly again?

"I don't believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things didn't go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly
," Koch said.

But what's he going to do with his plane now?

"We're going to bring it back and get to the bottom of what happened
," Koch said.

And his plans for returning to the skies?

"I'm not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I'm not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again
," Koch said.

Koch said he was a member of the National Guard and has been flying for years.
  He added there's no substitute for experience, which he credits for knowing how to handle the plane.
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